Category Archive: Picture Books

Here Comes Autumn!

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I can’t wait for summer to be over.  Not because I’m eager for my kids to go back to school—they are both in their 20s and don’t live at home any longer.  I… Continue reading

Lesser-Known Stories of 9/11

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Next month, we will once again mark the somber anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11. By now, a lot of the stories surrounding that day have been told. However, a couple of… Continue reading

Plight of Immigrants

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With war, persecution, and violence prevalent in many parts of the world, refugees are fleeing in record numbers trying to find a better life elsewhere.  Their assimilation into a world new to them… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Tattoo Stories : Family History, Not Just for Photo Albums

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Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. 9781452119373. 2016. Gr PK-2. Responding to his son’s curiosity, a father tells their family history through the stories behind each of his tattoos.   Tattoos… Continue reading

For the Birds

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Spring is here, and it has me thinking about birds. They wake me up in the morning with their songs, keep me company in my backyard, and even keep my cat entertained as… Continue reading

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Review: Ada’s Violin

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“The world sends us garbage. We sent back music.” – Favio Chavez The Recycled Orchestra began as a small music class for kids in Cateura, a small Paraguayan town built on a landfill… Continue reading

Absurd is the Word

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For me, there is nothing quite like reading a really funny picture book to a child, or better yet, group of children. Humor may bring the more reticent kids out of their shell,… Continue reading

Series Review: Bear & Hare

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Meet Bear and Hare, the two friends at the heart of Emily Gravett’s delightful new picture book series. Fans of Gravett’s clever stories and deliberate pacing will appreciate these simple stories. The first… Continue reading